Don’t miss this CNBC video about Mike Lindell! There are some interesting views of the MyPillow factory as well a great overview of about Mike’s history from crack to the highly success MyPillow company - to the White House!
- The video shows Mike’s original foam-shredding machine: a hammer mill - which was originally a piece of farm equipment! Also shown are the foam shredding machines that Mike designed to take the place of the hammer mill.
- Mike runs MyPillow in Chaska MN, the town he grew up in, where his early entrepreneur years were spent cleaning carpets, raising pigs and running lunch wagons. He was also, occasionally, making money as a professional card counter - until he was thrown out of the casino. In the 80’s, Mike got into the bar business - which, as he says, “probably wasn’t very good because I was an addict at the time.”
- Mike always had a hard time sleeping and disliked all the pillows he tried. Then, in 2004, he dreamed of a pillow which would hold its shape. After the dream, he wrote “MyPillow” everywhere in the house. When he told his daughter that he had this idea of a pillow called “MyPillow”, she simply said, “that’s random, Dad”.
- Mike spent months cutting up pieces of foam to create a pillow that would hold its form - he even learned to sew the pillows himself. After inventing the pillow, he went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and showed them his "best pillow in the world”. But, they were not impressed.
- Mike then did a kiosk in a local shopping center. One of the customers turned out to be connected to the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show and he invited Mike to debut the MyPillow at the show, and sales took off.
- Mike used to be a crack cocaine addict during the early years of MyPillow and lost his marriage, his house and almost his business due to his addictions. In fact, even his dealers put out the word that no one should sell drugs to Mike after Mike had been up for almost 2 weeks straight. Mike finally hit bottom January 16, 2009, and asked God to let him wake up in the morning and never have the desire again. When he woke up the next day he had the “most peaceful feeling I ever had.” His addictions were totally gone.
- In 2011, Mike had another dream: make an infomercial. Mike starred in the infomercial and ad-libbed the whole commercial himself. Due to the infomercial, MyPillow went from 5 employees to 500 by the end of that year. Now, MyPillow has sold over 300 million pillows.
- Mike met Donald Trump in 2016 and quickly became a fan. After that meeting, Mike's reaction to Trump was that “this guy is going to be the most amazing guy in history” based on all the jobs Trump wanted to bring back and his concern about the inner cities. Mike then went to the White House last July for a Made-in-America roundtable - and sat right next to President Trump.
- Mike is publishing an autobiography and hopes to turn his story into a movie with the help of actor Steve Baldwin. Mike is also focusing on his foundation, the Lindell Foundation, to help the less fortunate.
A lot has happened in Mike’s life - and is continuing to happen. And, Mike's reaction to his life is that, “The only way that we were able to do this was Devine intervention.”Read more
Mike is continually dreaming up ways to help people. But, it hasn't always been that way. He first had to give up his drug addictions by giving himself to God. Since then, he has experienced tremendous success and is now in the position to give back.
- Mike recently donated 1,000 MyPillows to the Salvation Army. He also donated pillows to each of the 108 KOOL Bell Ringers of the day.
- Mike hasn't always been able to give generous gifts. He had a crack cocaine habit for 25 years. So, he prayed and asked God to take away his desires, and God answered his prayers. Within one day, his desires were gone and he felt peaceful, and has been sober ever since.
- Once Mike gave his life to God, he has had one success after another, to the point where the MyPillow company now has 400 employees making 25,000 pillows a day (in December, 2015).
- And, Mike is now making good on his promise to God with the Lindell Foundation, an organization that helps people with addictions, as well as others in need.
"After beating his 25-year drug addiction and starting a multi-million dollar pillow company from nothing, Lindell has just one thing to say: “With God, all things are possible.”"Read more
Opioids are a major crisis in the United States. In fact, in 2017, drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 people.
In this informative article, Mike Lindell points out how President Trump is working at “saving American lives and finding real solutions for those chained by this addiction”. And, some results are promising: “the number of prescription drug deaths has leveled off in recent months.”
One area that resonates with Mike is legislation to increase drug treatment since Mike knows what it is like to be an addict and find recovery through God.
That is why Mike is ”launching the Lindell Recovery Network to help connect addicts with trusted, vetted, treatment centers and mentors who have overcome the same addiction,” with the goal to help people “become free in Christ; to heal the parts of themselves they were using drugs and alcohol to medicate.”
For, as Mike says, “You need to address the root cause that’s driving the addiction, not just put a band-aid on the problem,” and that is what President Trump, with the support of Congress, and foundations like the Lindell Recovery Network, are working towards.Read more
Mike promotes Trump and the economy, spreads his story of redemption, and promotes his amazing Lindell Foundation in this interview with Sean Hannity and Seb Gorka on the Sean Hannity show.
Mike's spreading his story and supporting Trump around the country
Mike has been traveling the country extensively:
- He was with Laura Trump last Friday at a Minnesota fundraiser for Doug Warlow for Minnesota Attorney General, Jeff Johnson for Minnesota Governor, Karen Housley for US Senate, and Jerry Jason Lewis for US Representative.
- He was at the Pulse event, Together2018, last Saturday night telling his story of redemption to 250,000 millennials at the Texas Motor Speedway. This event is one of many amazing Pulse events around the country where the goal is "a generation gathered to be trained, equipped, and commissioned to move closer to Jesus and the world around them.."
- And Mike will be at the White House Wednesday with the President at a meeting on the opioid crisis.
Getting out the Republican vote
Mike says that with Trump, there are “all these good things that are still to come." And, what can you do to help President Trump? Mike says, “Pray for his wisdom, discernment, and protection.”
Plus, you can do more than pray. Get out and vote. Mike relates that when people voted for Trump in 2016, they voted based on faith that Trump would do well. Now, you have “absolute proof” of what Trump can accomplish. Because, “Look at all the amazing things Trump has done. You should be able to go out and tell your friends and family and get everybody out to vote. If everybody gets out and votes, every state will turn red.” It will, as Mike says, "be awesome."
How are Mike’s 1,700 employees and his MyPillow business doing now that Trump is president? Mike says, “Every day people ask me, when is your best day ever?” And he tells them, “It’s always today”.
For, what Mike sees in Minnesota now is confidence. Mike gave higher wages to his MyPillow employees. And, he is seeing wages rise all over Minnesota. Plus, unemployment is going down. In fact, “black unemployment in Minnesota is at a 17-year low.”
Mike's Redemption Story and the Lindell Foundation
Mike has his own personal “come back” story, which, as Sean Hannity says, is probably “the most compelling personal redemption success stories I've ever heard in my life.” For, Mike had a crack cocaine addiction that was so bad that his dealers actually had an intervention for him in 2008.
The dealers said, “You know, you always tell us that your pillow is just a platform for God and that you are going to come back and help us. So we're not going to let you die on us.”
And that's all come to fruition now. Mike quit all his addictions on January 16, 2009, through prayer. And now, Mike has his Lindell Foundation where 100% of your donation goes to the actual need.
And, you can be part of this amazing story yourself by heading over to the Lindell Foundation right now, and contributing to the Pulse to help connect people to tools and the next steps to know Jesus, or to victims of Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence.Read more
Mike Lindell is featured in a Q&A article by Ava Roosevelt in the Fall edition of Opulence Magazine because, as Eva Roosevelt notes, Mike is one of those "philanthropically inclined individuals who are not only newsworthy but who have touched me with their honesty, spirit, and faith."
- Mike said that his life of addiction was the equivalent to "a point of nothingness” until he reached rock bottom. At that point, he reached out and asked God to free him from addiction. The next morning, on January 16, 2009, Mike said that "I was freed that day, and by God’s grace, I am still free.”
- Mike’s early business was truly family-run, with his four children his first employees. Now, he views his 1500 employees as “family”, and sees keeping the MyPillow business in Minnesota, with products being made in America, as a key aspect of the MyPillow business.
- The MyPillow success is based on the fact that the MyPillow is not based on a one-size-fits-all model; that it is made to softly support the head, rather than let the head bend in uncomfortable positions; and that the infomercial allowed all of America to discover that the MyPillow is "one of the best products in history.”
- Mike created the Lindell Foundation the same way he created the MyPillow, by reverse-engineering what he wanted in a charity:
- to let people view and choose people’s real needs.
- to ensure that 100% of the money contributed goes towards these needs, and not corruption, waste and over-blown salaries.
- to let the donors actually see what their money went for by keeping them up to date.
- Mike and the actor, Steven Baldwin, started Light Beam Media to make "the most amazing faith-based movies ever.” The first film was a comedy titled ‘Youth Group".
Mike says he is defined by "Faith, loyalty, and integrity”, and certainly, his life resonates these ideals.
Read the attached Opulence article for more information. When the fall edition of the Opulence magazine officially comes out, you can read the full edition at: Opulence MagazineRead more
Mike Lindell joined the "Imus in the Morning" program to talk about his contribution of 80,000 MyPillows to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the Lindell Foundation.
- Mike sent trucks loaded with 60,000 MyPillows to the Houston area and flew MyPillow crews to distribute the pillows to Hurricane Harvey victims, first responders and the Houston police department. Then, he sent 20,000 MORE MyPillows down to Texas to ensure he could give a MyPillow to as many victims and first responders as possible.
- Mike has been working for two years to create the Lindell Foundation, including putting $6 million of his own money into the foundation.
- The Lindell Foundation was going to launch in a month but did a soft launch early to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The foundation will then focus its efforts on helping individuals within the inner cities, focusing mostly on drug and alcohol addicts, opioid addicts, veterans, and the homeless. Towards that, Mike is meeting with shelters and groups like Teen Challenge, Love Inc., and Union Gospel.
- Mike got tired of foundations where you don’t know what the CEOs are making and where your money is going. He wanted a foundation that you could trust and was transparent. And, he feels blessed that he is able to give. That is why the Lindell Foundation is a foundation where 100% of all donations go to those in need since the overhead is paid for.
Mike Lindell talked to The Detroit Cast about his MyPillow Houston donations, the Lindell Foundation and how he wants it to positively impact those in need, the opioid epidemic, his meetings with Trump, and his book that is coming out soon.
Mike’s donation of 80,000 MyPillows for victims of Hurricane Harvey
Mike heard that there were at least 30,000 people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, so he had a total of 80,000 pillows manufactured, packed into trucks, shipped down to Texas, and distributed by his employees to the victims of the hurricane plus the first responders.
He was able to quickly find those in need through his Lindell Foundation contacts, as they knew where to distribute the pillows, so everyone was able to get on board and get organized quickly.
The Lindell Foundation
Mike feels that God gave him an amazing platform with MyPillow. Mike loves giving and feels blessed to be able to give. Towards that, the Lindell Foundation has been in the works for 2 years. The goal of the foundation is to help other’s lives and use 100% of the money donated to go to those in need, with the Lindell Foundation picking up all overhead costs.
The first project was a soft launch of The Lindell Foundation to help hurricane victims in the Houston area. A chapter of the Lindell Foundation will also be opening up in Detroit within the next few months. Mike has already been to Detroit and has met with leaders who are involved with those in need, such as the homeless, those with addictions, and veterans.
These leaders will help find those in need and validate that those who are found really do have needs. Then, when the Lindell Foundation goes live, it will be able to publicize the Foundation in a variety of ways, such as on radio stations, so people can find out who have needs, give their money to help specific needs, and be able to hear back.
Mike’s heart goes out to addicts and their families - and he wants to help them change. One area of particular concern is the opioid epidemic. America has not had an epidemic quite like this. In fact, Mike had someone very close to him die from an opioid addiction.
Mike feels we can we overcome this, though. He feels you have to “start with the individuals and give hope”. We need to look and see what works, what is successful for others. Then, show this success to others. Towards that, the Lindell Foundation will be highlighting success stories because you have to give addicts and their families hope. When people see hope, things get better - “hope brings more hope”. 9:31
Mike knows that when he was on crack, that it was a mask for inner pain - that a lot of physical addictions are mental. But, there is so much stigma and shame with drug addictions that people don’t see the other issues of the addict. People don’t want to reach out and help because they feel that the addicts brought the addictions on themselves. They feel the addict did this to themselves - people just don’t understand.
But addicts know their inner pain - they don’t need to hear how bad they are. And so many addicts might give up drugs, only to relapse because of the shame and the fact that they don’t get trust. Plus, for a lot of people, getting off the drugs is a lonely feeling, a lifestyle you are not used to. But it comes down to trust and the power of prayer and God.
Trump and politics
Last summer, Trump reached out and had a private meeting with Mike. In that meeting, Mike saw that Trump has amazing plans to help the inner cities, fix the infrastructure, and to promote made-in-America’s products. So, Trump was excited that MyPillow built a company of 1600 employees based on products made in America, and with Mike’s foundation which will be helping the inner cities. Mike knows that these issues are important to Trump and that Trump will get there.
To help America, Mike feels that we need to be one country. Right now, nothing is getting done. We need to unite and get things done. Texas’ response to Hurricane Harvey is a good example of what happens when all get on board when all are helping - the stories of all those helping in Texas is simply amazing. Unfortunately, it took a tragedy to get united. But, look what we can do when we all pull together.
There have been rumors that Mike wants to get into politics himself by running for governor or other political offices. Mike says no - that he has a bigger purpose with his foundation and that he can do a lot more good with his foundation than with politics.
What has success brought Mike? With the exception of some foreign travel, not much is different - he still hunts and fishes like he did before. And, he has a normal house and pickup truck. The only difference is that he now has to “learn to eat with two forks”.
Mike’s book is projected to come out the first quarter of next year. In it, he recounts amazing life experiences, like his 14 near-death experiences, how he went from 5 employees to 500 in 40 days, and how he went from being a crack addict to sitting right next to President Trump in the White House. He hopes that people reading the book will see the proof of God’s miracles in his life, and will draw inspiration from that.
MyPillow philosophy in running a company
MyPillow gives tours of MyPillow's factories all the times. Mike gave a media tour to 6 big stations the other day - and everything that could go wrong, went wrong, such as the machine, not sewing right and a chair tipping over. In fact, Mike stopped the tour and called the manager over to request that all of the sewing machines have new chairs by 4 pm that day. He said that if he wasn’t going to use a chair, his employees shouldn’t - so 200 brand new chairs were delivered to the sewing machines that afternoon.
Because Mike’s philosophy in running a company is “everything I do with it is going to be looking at it through the employee’s view - if I don’t like it as an employee, I will change it”.
Towards that, Mike got rid of his HR department and turned it into an employee help center. He says you need to watch for peoples deviations and if something goes wrong - you need to help them.
Mike overall mantra is “With God, all things are possible.” Certainly, this interview shows how this mantra is being exemplified in Mike’s life.Read more
Mike Lindell, MyPillow inventor and CEO, announced that MyPillow has donated 60,000 MyPillows to those devasted by Hurricane Harvey last week. And now, because that went so well, he is following up by sending down 20,000 MORE MyPillows, for a total of 80,000 MyPillows.
It is quite the generous donation - the retail value of the donations is close to $4 million.
The first 60,000 pillows were donated from Beaumont to Corpus Christi to both shelters and the first responders. The next 20,000 pillows are also going to go to those who have been displaced and first responders.
The pillow donation was organized by Lindell's new Lindell Foundation. The foundation was due to launch next month, but Lindell pushed the date up to get donations for Hurricane Harvey. The foundation's goal is to give 100% of every dollar donated to those in need.Read more
MyPillow went into overtime production so they could manufacture 60,000 pillows for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Mike Lindell then flew employees of the Lindell Foundation, his newly launched foundation, to help distribute these pillows to those in shelters due to Hurricane Harvey and to those working for Hurricane Harvey rescue operations.
Given that MyPillows cost at least $50 per pillow, this turns out to be an amazingly generous donation of $3 million.
Mike also launched the Lindell Foundation early so the foundation can also help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The foundation 's prime goal is to give 100% of all donations directly to those in need, with MyPillow and Mike Lindell covering the administrative costs.
As Mike Lindell says: "We may be across the country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something to help the tens of thousands of victims of Hurricane Harvey."Read more
Mike Lindell was with Steve Cochran on WGN Radio talking about his donation of 60,000 MyPillows to Hurricane Harvey victims and about the Lindell Foundation.
Mike and his crew of MyPillow employees are going to distribute the 60,000 pillows in Texas. Mike decided to send the pillows after he was moved by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. He heard that 45,000 people were displaced due to the hurricane, so he decided to give each person that was displaced a pillow, and give the rest of the pillows to the hard working rescue teams.
Both MyPillow factories were running at full capacity to get the pillows manufactured in time. The pillows were then loaded into 10 trucks, and driven to Texas for distribution.Read more